Monday, December 10, 2018

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS


New Year's Day is just around the corner!  This means it is time to start planning your resolutions for 2019.  This week's blog entry will focus on some of the most popular resolutions, and it will provide suggestions on how to get started.  Each topic will have a list of traditional library materials as well as online class options.  We offer access to Gale Courses and Lynda.com through our library website.  All you need is a library card to use these resources!

Healthy Eating
Healthy eating doesn't mean you have to give up everything you are currently eating.  It might mean making small changes to your diet or completely revamping it.

Gale Courses on Healthy Eating: Luscious Low-Fat, Lightening Quick Meals; Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health; Lose Weight and Keep It Off.

Books: Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes; Bobby Flay Fit: Food for a Healthy Lifestyle; Always Hungry?; Whole Cooking and Nutrition

Exercise More
Exercising more can be as easy as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or it can be something more demanding such as training for a marathon.  Exercise can be tailored to fit each individual's needs, and there are so many types of exercise that you can experiment until you find what works best for you.

Gale Course on Exercise: Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Books: Every Body Yoga; The Ultimate Treadmill Workout; Swimmer's Workout Handbook

DVDs: Jillian Michaels Killer Cardio; Billy Blanks Jr. Dance Party Boot Camp; Biggest Loser Power Ab Blast

Saving Money
Whether you want to save for a specific purchase or just want to create better spending habits, there are many ways you can work at saving more money.

Gale Courses: Where Does All My Money Go; Personal Finance

Lynda.com: Stay Ahead in Personal Finance; Financial Wellness for Couples & Families

Books: Get Money; QuickBooks 2018 for Dummies; The Financial Diet; The Infographic Guide to Personal Finance

Read More
Reading more can mean reading one book, setting a monthly goal, or trying to read more of a specific genre or topic.  If you want to read more, the library is the perfect place to start!

Gale Courses: Merrill Ream Speed Reading

Resources for Book Recommendations: NoveList; EFPL Blog; SHARE's Favorite Author Club

Other: Check out a wide variety of reading material from all of our collections or utilize our apps for e-books and e-audiobooks (Hoopla, Libby, and BiblioBoard).

Learning a New Skill or Hobby
Learning a new skill or hobby can be a lot of fun.  You can learn something new from a friend or family member, or you can try something on your own.

Gale Courses: Introduction to Photoshop CC; Designing Effective Websites; How to Get Started in Game Development; Drawing for Absolute Beginners; Genealogy Basics; Discover Digital Photography

Lynda.com: Leading with Purpose; Motion Graphic Design; Composition

Books: Container Gardening Complete; You Can Knit That; Flash: Writing the Very Short Story; Art of Everyday Photography; No Experience Required: Sketching and Drawing; The Can't Cook Book

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

App Review: Peek a Zoo

This week we are debuting our new Early Literacy App Collection! This is a collection of apps for young children and beginner readers selected for their high quality content. These apps provide children the opportunity to practice early literacy skills like reading and writing, introduce science and math topics, and involve creative and interactive play. You can use the apps at the library in our Children's Room. Detailed reviews of our selected apps will be available here on this blog under the tag "apps". 

App Name: Peek a Zoo
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Cost: Free
Available on iOS and Android

Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers

Duck Duck Moose has built a large range of education apps for kids and thanks to their partnership with Khan Academy they are all available for free!

This app is adorably designed. Kids will enjoy the variety of cute animals as they play the seek and find game. Answering prompts like "Who is crying?" or "Who is having a birthday" give kids a fun way to practice emotional literacy as they look for emotions on the animals' faces and for context clues to help them figure out the answer. 

This app reminds us of the picture book Who's Hiding by Satoru Onishi. Check this out and see which version of this game your family enjoys more!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

App Review: Don't Wake Up Tiger

This week we are debuting our new Early Literacy App Collection! This is a collection of apps for young children and beginner readers selected for their high quality content. These apps provide children the opportunity to practice early literacy skills like reading and writing, introduce science and math topics, and involve creative and interactive play. You can use the apps at the library in our Children's Room. Detailed reviews of our selected apps will be available here on this blog under the tag "apps". 


App Name: Don't Wake Up Tiger
Developer: nosy crow
Cost: $0.99
Available on iOS 

Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers

This app is based on the book of the same title by Britta Treckentrup. You can find the original hard copy of the book in SHARE, too! The story is read out loud in the app and includes fun interactive elements like scratching the tiger's nose to keep him asleep, blowing on balloons to help the animals float by, and more. Young readers will enjoy participating in the story as it goes along.

The app also includes a video of "Happy Birthday" sung aloud for the tiger and two games: a matching game and a spot the difference games. The games can be enjoyed alone or with a friend or caregiver. 

App Review: Red in Bed

This week we are debuting our new Early Literacy App Collection! This is a collection of apps for young children and beginner readers selected for their high quality content. These apps provide children the opportunity to practice early literacy skills like reading and writing, introduce science and math topics, and involve creative and interactive play. You can use the apps at the library in our Children's Room. Detailed reviews of our selected apps will be available here on this blog under the tag "apps". 


App Name: Red in Bed
Developer: Pop Pop Pop LLC
Cost: $0.99
Available on iOS and Google Play

Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers

This app is an interactive version of the book, Red in Bed by Josh On. The story follows the colors of the rainbow as they go about their day coloring the world, except today red is not feeling well. The other colors try to help red out, but instead end up mixing everything up! The cute story is accented by musical notes that correspond to each color and reflect the moods of the characters and story action.


Picture spread from the story

The story text can be displayed in 5 different languages (English, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Hungarian). The text is not read aloud, so this app is best shared by a child and caregiver who can read the story to the child.

This story is enhanced through the interactive features developed into the app. Young readers will enjoy sharing this with a caregiver as they practice color recognition and predicting what will happen next. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

LITTLE WOMEN

The December pick for our book club is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Louisa May Alcott is an American novelist best known for the novel Little Women.  This book tells the story of the four March sisters as they grow up in New England during the 1800s.  Little Women has been adapted into a variety of formats including television, stage, and film.

Little Women Trilogy:
Little Women
Little Men
Jo's Boys

Want more of the March sisters?  Give one of these novels a try!

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick - When the mothers of four 6th grade girls form a book club, the girls are obligated to join too.  Together they read and discuss Little Women and learn that they have more in common than they had thought.

Littler Women: A Modern Retelling by Laura Schaefer - This retelling of Little Women follows the March sisters as they make new friends, attend school dances, and develop first crushes.

Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand - This retelling of the classic, imagines a story in which Laurie is a werewolf.

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy live on a military base in this retelling of a modern day version of Little Women.

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly - This novel explores the lives of Jo March's descendants.  The adventures of Emma, Sophie, and Lulu create a contemporary family story that reflects the sisterly bond found in Little Women.

Little Woman in Blue by Jeannine Atkins - This is the story of May Alcott, Louisa's sister.  May dreams of painting a masterpiece and finding love too.  When she reads her sister's popular novel, Little Women, she is hurt by Louisa's portrayal of her as the Amy character.  She decides to prove her talent and moves away from her home to make a new life for herself.  Can she succeed in achieving her dreams?

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Monday, November 26, 2018

New Cookbooks

Happy belated Thanksgiving! As the holiday season continues, many of our celebrations involve sharing meals with families and friends. So, here's a look at some of the newest cookbooks in our collection to inspire your next feast!


Best of the Best: The Best Recipes from the Best Cookbooks of the Year by Food & Wine

The Pumpkin Cookbook by Edith Stovel

The Ultimate New Mom's Cookbook: A Complete Food and Nutrition Resource for Expectant Mother, Babies, and Toddlers by Aurora Satler

The Easy Family Cookbook: 101 Yummy and Easy Recipes that Big and Little Eaters Will Love by Ella's Kitchen

In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes by Deborah Madison

The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School: Recipes and Inspiration to Build a Lifetime of Confidence in the Kitchen by Alison Cayne

Toss Your Own Salad: The Meatless Cookbook with Burgers, Bolognese, and Balls by Eddie McNamara

The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli

Varerie's Home Cooking: More Than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family by Valerie Bertinelli

Adventures in Slow Cooking: 120 Slow-Cooker Recipes for People Who Love Food by Sarah Digregorio

Stock the Crock: 100 Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite by Phyllis Pellman Good

The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies and Bars by America's Test Kitchen

Share: Delicious and Surprising Recipes to Pass Around Your Table by Chris Santos

Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails and Other Clever Concoctions: Seasonal, Refreshing, Alcoho-Free by Clare Liardet

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Easy Readers

What is in our easy readers collection?

These are books for readers who are beginning to read independently. Some of the books contain practice with phonics and sight words. Others provide practice with story structure and comprehension. The books in this collection range from simple texts with only a handful of words to more complex beginner chapter books. As beginner readers develop their reading skills, they are able to use a variety strategies to predict words and confirm comprehension with pictures and context clues. You can learn more about the stages of reading development from Reading Rockets.



Publishers of easy readers often provide levels to gauge the difficulty of a text. Generally, these go from Level 1 (simple sentence structure and vocabulary) to Level 4 (more complex sentences and vocabulary). Each publisher uses different scales and guidelines to judge the level of a book, so we recommend opening up the book and trying out the 5 word test - have your child read the page, if there are 5 words they don't recognize, the book might be too challenging. Kids are often motivated to read above their level if it's a book they love or are very interested in. So, we recommend letting your kids select books when they come to the library.

Our easy readers are organized alphabetically by author's name and series title. So, you'll find stand alone books such as I Like Stars by Margaret Wise Brown in the "B's" after the Biscuit series, but before the Clifford series.

There is something for everyone in the easy readers collection! Here are a few of our staff favorites to check out.

Biscuit - This series about an adorable puppy by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is an excellent one for kids just starting to use the easy reader collection.

My Kite is Stuck! & Other Stories by Salina Yoon - Duck, Duck and Porcupine are featured in a series of enjoyable stories.

Elephant & Piggie - this pair is the creation of author Mo Willems. They are funny, silly, and enjoyable to read.

The Giggle Gang - Jan Thomas is the author of this new series. These brightly illustrated books are eye catching. The stories inside are just as good!

We Both Read - this series is designed to be read by beginner readers and fluent readers together. Spending time reading together is a great way to motivate children learning to read.

Puppy Mudge - This is a series by prolific author Cynthia Rylant. As kids become more confident readers and move into the First Chapter Book collection, they'll find the classic stories of Henry and Mudge featuring a more grown up Mudge.


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